LA CaTS Center Mission & the Vision of Community Engagement & Outreach

The vision of the Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center’s Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR) is to enhance clinical and translational research efforts to address chronic disease burden and reduce disparities by facilitating meaningful community involvement in LA CaTS research at all stages.

Our work includes involving the community in identifying areas of research focus and in developing research projects, working with investigators to initiate and implement research trials using approaches that are acceptable to the community, and enhancing recruitment to the trials.

The CEOR’s vision is central to the mission of the LA CaTS Center, which is to “encourage, support, and expand clinical and translational research through partnerships both among researchers and with the people we serve”.


Featured Community Advisory Board Member

Cheri Johnson, RNC-OB, MSNCheri Johnson, RNC-OB, MSN

Cheri Johnson is the Vice President of Perinatal and Neonatal Services at Woman’s Hospital, the 17th largest delivery service in the nation and the largest in Louisiana. Her specialty areas include Labor and Delivery, Intensive Care, Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care and Emergency Room Care as well as the management of women’s services. Johnson currently oversees Woman’s Labor and Delivery unit, High Risk Unit, Mother/Baby and Lactation unit, Neonatal Intensive Care unit, Adult Intensive Care unit, Respiratory Therapy unit, and Assessment Center, which facilitates over 18,000 annual visits. Ms. Johnson also leads several health care initiatives to improve perinatal and neonatal outcomes nationwide.

In 2006, Ms. Johnson received the Safe Motherhood Champion Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and White Ribbon Alliance as well as the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the March of Dimes. In 2011, she was named Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana State Nurses Association. She currently serves as Community Chair of the Community Advisory Board within the Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center, and as a Community Advisory Board member for Louisiana Lighthouse for the Blind. Most recently, Ms. Johnson served as board member and Program Services Chairperson for the March of Dimes. Additionally, she has spoken nationally on numerous topics concerning the healthcare of obstetrical patients and their infants.